Reconstructive Anophthalmia

Look and feel confident with a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance and prosthetic

Anophthalmia – Reconstructive Eye Surgery

Anophthalmia is the absence of an eye. It is a condition that can be congenital (born without an eye) or acquired (surgical removal of an eye resulting from trauma, cancer, etc.). Lack of an eye creates not only an abnormal appearance, but can also lead to abnormal function of the eyelids and socket.
Correcting the eyelid and socket deficiencies associated with anophthalmia is extremely specialized work. Located in the beautiful Beverly Hills, world-renowned oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Guy Massry, sees many patients with this condition and has developed a specific expertise in this area of surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Massry has really revolutionized the way he performs this procedure, by taking an aesthetic approach.

Traditionally, the approach to anophthalmic surgery was to solely correct the functional components of the eyelid and surrounding areas and the ability to wear a prosthetic eye. However, this approach did not address eyelid and facial aesthetics, so many patients were left with an unsatisfactory appearance.  Realizing this deficit in anophthalmia treatment, Dr. Massry decided to create a surgical plan that addresses both function and aesthetics for his patients.


The goal of reconstructive anophthalmic surgery is to correct the functional components of the eyelid and surrounding areas and the create the ability to wear a prosthetic eye. In addition, Dr. Massry addresses aesthetics as well for a natural look.

Aesthetic Anophthalmia Surgery

Combining the traditional functional anophthalmia surgery goals with the same aesthetic principles Dr. Massry uses for his cosmetic eyelid surgery patients, Dr. Massry provides his patients with the best results possible. Dr. Massry’s goal is to make his patients look like themselves again. To do this, he makes the side that has lost an eye as symmetrical as possible to the normal side. Creating this symmetry varies from patient to patient, depending on the reason for the loss of their eye. Most commonly, Dr. Massry will adjust the brow, upper eyelid, and/or lower eyelid positions so that they mirror the normal brow or eyelids as closely as possible.

During your anophthalmia surgery consultation with Dr. Massry, he will assess your eyelid and eye socket and determine what the best course of treatment is for your particular needs. At this point he will discuss realistically what aesthetic goals can be achieved so that both of you agree on the expected outcome of the surgery.

Because of this comprehensive approach, Dr. Massry is truly the best anophthalmia and prosthetic eye surgeon. The anophthalmia patients he has treated always tell Dr. Massry how much happier and confident they are after their aesthetic prosthetic eye surgery.


These videos provide a look into Dr. Massry’s surgical approach to several anophthalmia patients. As you can see, Dr. Massry does everything he can to make the appearance of their artificial eye look as normal and natural as possible.
For answers to frequently asked questions, head over to our What to Expect page.

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